Archive: Homeland Security

Peters to Become Top Democrat on Senate Homeland Security Committee

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) has been selected to become the new ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee in the next Congress, Democratic leadership announced Dec. 13. Peters, who also serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) will take over for Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who lost her reelection race […]

TSA Awards TechFlow Nearly $1 Billion To Support Explosive Detection Systems

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Thursday said it has awarded a $968 million contract to TechFlow Inc., to provide performance based logistics to the agency’s installed base of explosive detection systems (EDS) that are used to automatically scan checked bags for explosives at U.S. airports. TSA previously relied on L3 Technologies [LLL], Smiths Detection […]

House Passes DHS Data Sharing Bill That’s Ready For Trump

The House on Wednesday passed by voice vote a bipartisan bill aimed at improving data sharing within the Department of Homeland Security by boosting the department’s efforts to consolidate disparate databases systems across its various agencies. The Department of Homeland Security Data Framework Act of 2018 (H.R. 2454) now goes to President Trump’s desk for […]

Coast Guard Takes Delivery Of Upgraded HC-130J

The Coast Guard said this week that it has taken delivery of an HC-130J maritime surveillance aircraft that has been retrofitted with an integrated mission systems suite that includes new capabilities. The Super Hercules long-range surveillance aircraft is equipped with the Minotaur mission system, and is the first in the Coast Guard’s fleet with a […]

Trump Issues Strategy For Countering WMD Use By Terrorists

The White House on Monday released what it says is the first comprehensive strategy for countering weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by terrorists, putting the focus on deterrence, detection and disruption. In a preface to the National Strategy for Countering WMD Terrorism, President Trump says the strategy has three main elements. “First, the United States […]

Schultz Says Coast Guard Studying Future IT Needs

The Coast Guard’s current information technology (IT) capabilities aren’t on par with what the service needs and it is studying what its future needs are, Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz said on Thursday. The ongoing recapitalization of the Coast Guard’s surface and air assets has provided boats, ships and aircraft that “are true game changers for […]

TSA Eyeing 2020 To Begin Operating With Biometrics At Airport Checkpoints

The Transportation Security Administration in 2019 plans to further expand evaluations of facial recognition technology used to help identify select travelers at airport security checkpoints with a goal to begin operationalizing the biometric technology beginning in 2020, an agency official said this week. This year, TSA, in partnership with Customs and Border Protection, began pilot […]

FAA Plans Proposed Rulemaking For Remote Drone Identification

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) next spring plans to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) related to remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operating around airports and the national airspace to help law enforcement and other authorities rapidly identify potentially wayward drones and their operators, an agency official said on Tuesday. The “intent” […]

TSA Releases Cyber Security Roadmap To Guide Efforts To Protect IT, Transportation Systems

On the heels of a new national cyber security strategy, the Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday released its own roadmap for protecting its information technology (IT) and the transportation system from cyber threats. The TSA Cybersecurity Roadmap “defines clear pathways to integrate and improve the TSA’s cybersecurity posture, safeguard the nation’s transportation systems, and build […]

SpaceX Successfully Launches Largest Rideshare Mission

SpaceX on Monday morning successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 64 small spacecraft for Spaceflight Industries, the largest rideshare mission from a U.S. launch vehicle. The launch also featured the successful automated landing of the Falcon 9’s first stage, which was used for the third time, marking the first time the company has used […]